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Don’t Ask Me To Get Over Grief with Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

April 23, 2019

It will be 2 years ago in April when my son died. He drank a lot and that drinking caused his heart to become weak and in the night it just quit. They were not able to revive him. I am struggling with this and like everyone I have guilt that I should have been […]

Carrie Pike: When Do You Clean Out The Closet?

April 18, 2019

Carrie pike is the creator of Carrie Bears, a company passionate about helping others through their grief process by making bears out of a loved ones clothing. For almost 20 years, Carrie has been sewing bears, listening to and sharing stories with people who have had a need. In 2018 she completed an inspired goal […]

Lynda Fishman: Grief and Repairing Your Rainbows

March 21, 2019

Meet Lynda Fishman, author of Repairing Rainbows and survivor of an unspeakable tragedy. When Lynda was 13, her mother and two sisters were killed in a plane crash. Her father fell into a deep depression, and she was essentially left to fend for herself.  Lynda is a clinical social worker and grief therapist, summer camp […]

Episode 161: Where’s the Grief? A Candid Conversation About Sibling Loss

March 8, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview bereaved siblings Sarah Lyman Kravits and Jordon Ferber, about living their lives without their brothers’. Sarah leads a Bereaved Parents USA sibling group in New Jersey, and Jordon leads a Compassionate Friends sibling group in New York City. The show closes with Paul Alexander […]

Lita Lopez and Finding Your Good Balloon

February 28, 2019

Lita Lopez is an Actor, Writer, and Producer. She grew up in Odessa, Texas in a family of 9 children. In 2008 her brother, Noel, was murdered. In honor of him she is producing and acting in the inspirational story The Good Balloon. She does Improvisation in Los Angeles on Saturday nights and teaches Billiards. […]

Giving A Hoot About Death with Will Harryman

February 14, 2019

William’s brother Ryan passed away 3 years ago playing water polo. At the time, he was a famous youtuber with a message called Zero Hoots. Last year, William decided to quit his tech job, jump in a van and travel around the country to meet his fans and film a documentary. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Giving-A-Hoot-About-Death-with-Will-Harryman.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]

Help I am Grieving! Support for young adults ages 18-25 with Fran Solomon

February 7, 2019

Fran Solomon never imagined she’d find herself in the field of death & dying. After triggering events brought episodes of deep grief, Fran refocused her energy into a quest for healing.  She is the President and founder of HealGrief the only national agency addressing the needs specific to young adults ages 18-25 through Actively Moving […]

Episode 158: Giving Voice to Grief and Recovery

February 5, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore how film gives voice to grief and recovery. Guests include bereaved siblings Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey.

Episode 157: Navigating Life After a Sibling Loss

February 5, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the impact of sibling loss throughout the life cycle. Guests include bereaved siblings, Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, and Mary Kate Boylan, producer of the CBS evening news.